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Amir Diop ’17

Amir Diop ‘17 emerged onto the New York City art scene in late February 2020 after receiving Conception Art Show’s Award for Excellence. Little did he know that within a few weeks, his art would find a voice through the experience of a global pandemic and rage at injustice toward black lives.

Following the police killing of George Floyd, twenty-­one­-year-­old Diop felt compelled, as a black man, to take to the streets of SoHo in NYC and deliver his message of existence and rel­evance by painting on the plywood boards that covered the windows of retail shops. His daily efforts led him to meet others who found calm and beauty in creating murals in a time of un­ certainty, isolation, and frustration. These chance meetings bonded the group and led to the creation of the artist’s collective, SoHo Renaissance Factory (SRF), of which Diop is a founding member.

While many of Amir’s peers were earning their four-­year college degrees, Amir was in the trenches of an accelerated life experience. Being a Bed­Stuy, Brooklyn, NY native, he was pre­ pared to see and express life, as it is, through youthful eyes vividly exhibited in his painting style. One of Amir Diop’s widely popular plywood pieces “went missing” shortly after it was completed and garnered the attention of the press. Soon after, Amir was featured in articles in The Verge, Up Mag, and Esquire.

In September 2020, Amir Diop and SRF cemented an artist’s residency at the NoMo SoHo Hotel in Soho. In addition, the collective collaborated with Sotheby’s on an exhibition at the National Arts Club (NAC.) which ran from December 2020 through January 2021, and with the SoHo Broadway Initiative on the All in N.Y.C. Banner Campaign.

En Route to Positivity, Diop’s solo exhibition with Gobbi Fine Art, debuted in August 2021 at the legendary Platinum Recording Studios pioneered by Fugees, The Score, and producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis. Here, Diop formally introduced his unique framing style and coined the phrase “Paintception.”

Amir Diop has also displayed his works at the Wilson Store, Staten Island Ferry Kiosk, and 125th Street Harlem Kiosk.

Amir and his brother Nile attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 2009 – 2014. His mother also attended The Waldorf School of Garden City.

Amir Diop '17

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Arts & EntertainmentSymposium Panelist 2021

Amir Diop ‘17 emerged onto the New York City art scene in late February 2020 after receiving Conception Art Show’s Award for Excellence. Little did he know that within a few weeks, his art would find a voice through the experience of a global pandemic and rage at injustice toward black lives.

Following the police killing of George Floyd, twenty-­one­-year-­old Diop felt compelled, as a black man, to take to the streets of SoHo in NYC and deliver his message of existence and rel­evance by painting on the plywood boards that covered the windows of retail shops. His daily efforts led him to meet others who found calm and beauty in creating murals in a time of un­ certainty, isolation, and frustration. These chance meetings bonded the group and led to the creation of the artist’s collective, SoHo Renaissance Factory (SRF), of which Diop is a founding member.

While many of Amir’s peers were earning their four-­year college degrees, Amir was in the trenches of an accelerated life experience. Being a Bed­Stuy, Brooklyn, NY native, he was pre­ pared to see and express life, as it is, through youthful eyes vividly exhibited in his painting style. One of Amir Diop’s widely popular plywood pieces “went missing” shortly after it was completed and garnered the attention of the press. Soon after, Amir was featured in articles in The Verge, Up Mag, and Esquire.

In September 2020, Amir Diop and SRF cemented an artist’s residency at the NoMo SoHo Hotel in Soho. In addition, the collective collaborated with Sotheby’s on an exhibition at the National Arts Club (NAC.) which ran from December 2020 through January 2021, and with the SoHo Broadway Initiative on the All in N.Y.C. Banner Campaign.

En Route to Positivity, Diop’s solo exhibition with Gobbi Fine Art, debuted in August 2021 at the legendary Platinum Recording Studios pioneered by Fugees, The Score, and producer Jerry “Wonda” Duplessis. Here, Diop formally introduced his unique framing style and coined the phrase “Paintception.”

Amir Diop has also displayed his works at the Wilson Store, Staten Island Ferry Kiosk, and 125th Street Harlem Kiosk.

Amir and his brother Nile attended The Waldorf School of Garden City from 2009 – 2014. His mother also attended The Waldorf School of Garden City.